In 1984, Peter Horwood joined as Bridges General Manager and CEO. He continues in this role to date. Under Peter’s management Bridges expanded the building to the east, creating a new entrance and a boutique for Bridges-designed clothing (1985). The Bistro had a complete makeover (1990), followed by a redesign of the dining room interior (1991), replacement of the summer dock (1993), redesign of the bar in the Pub (1995) and the construction of a new upper level terrace providing outdoor seating for the dining room (1998). The most recent renovation was a complete redecoration of the Bistro and the creation of the Sugar Bar (2011).
Bridges Pub, with its industrial look reflecting the original nature of Granville Island, started to serve the public at the end of December 1980.
Summer employees return to work year after year, turning summer jobs on the Dock into a sort of summer camp. Fifteen of Bridges current employees have been with the restaurant for over 20 years. Most rewarding of all to the Bridges partnership is the unique family atmosphere among partners, management and employees created over the last 40 years. The partners consider that to be their highest achievement.